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Capture the reality of life at Writing the Rainbow
Hosted by Eastern Regional Libraries, Maroondah City Council and Maroondah City Council Youth Services, "Writing the Rainbow" is a festival of LGBTIQ writers and readers and will be held at the Realm, Ringwood. This is a free event, however, bookings are essential for each session.

Realm is owned and managed by Maroondah City Council, located in Ringwood's Town Square precinct, it is a state-of-the-art facility leading the way in educational, creative and prosperous development. The building is surrounded by open-air spaces for people to meet, cafes and retail shops.

Workshops, Ringwood, Victoria, Near Melbourne, Free, Lectures, Learn Something, Family, Gay & Lesbian
Photo courtesy of "Writing the Rainbow


Writing the Rainbow commences from Tuesday 17th September through to Thursday 26th September 2019 and is an event exploring stories, ideas, focusing on text, performance and experience the writer gives to his or her reading audience in the context of queer history, language and discourse.

The event will include talks by acclaimed authors. a workshop for emerging writers, a rainbow family story-time for children, quiet reading for reflection and relaxation and plenty of books to look at the talk about as well as cabaret and live music for entertainment.

Workshops, Ringwood, Victoria, Near Melbourne, Free, Lectures, Learn Something, Family, Gay & Lesbian
Photo courtesy of Maroondah City Council


Mayor or Maroondah, Councillor Rob Steane will open this event on Tuesday evening from 6.30pm by introducing author and transgender activist Nevo Zisin. Nevo is a Jewish educator, public speaker, transgender, queer and feminist activist as well as a youth leader. Author of "Finding Nevo", which is an autobiography about gender and the complex journey needed to be taken along the road to self-affirmation.

The programme following on from the opening night is as follows.

18th September - 6.30pm Queer Experience in Written Posterity: Panel Discussion
19th September - 11.00am Rainbow Families Storytime with Jax Jacki Brown (ages 3 to 6 years)
20th September 6.30pm - Benjamin Law: Growing up Queer in Australia
21st September 10.30am Writing Workshop with Narrelle M Harris (Adults only)
23rd September 6.30pm Maroondah Inclusive Communities Forum: Live Storytelling Session
24th September 6.30pm Queer Reading Hour
25th September 6.30pm Speculative Writing, Fearless Storytelling: Panel Discussion
26th September 11.00am Rainbow Families Storytime with Dolly Diamond! (ages 3 to 6 years)
26th September 6.30pm Writing the Rainbow: Closing Night Celebration featuring Dolly Diamond

You can read more information on these events and the awesome line-up of presenters here. Each has their own story to be told.

Realm is located at 179 Maroondah Highway, Ringwood. Remember to register, so numbers can be allocated.
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Why? Learn & appreciate the complexities of living a LGBTIQ life
When: 17th to 26th September 2019
Phone: 03 9800 6430
Where: The Realm, 179 Maroondah Highway, Ringwood
Cost: Free, However Must Register
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